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Judges overseeing giant Roundup verdicts have been 'derelict in their duty,' law prof says

By John Breslin | May 21, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Following the more than $2 billion awarded to a California couple who claimed the use of Monsanto's Roundup weed killer caused their cancer, one legal expert is arguing that the judges presiding over the cases were "derelict in their duty" for not granting summary judgment against the plaintiffs.

Protective Life asks court to toss complaint over allegedly inflated charges, claims it is time barred

By John Breslin | May 15, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – An insurance company is seeking the dismissal of a potential class action over alleged inflated monthly charges being pursued by representatives of a trust formed out of the bankruptcy of a high-profile life settlement company.

Trust born out of Texas life settlement company sues insurance firm in Iowa court, alleges overcharging

By John Breslin | May 8, 2019

DES MOINES (Legal Newsline) – A Texas-based trust born out of the bankruptcy reorganization of a high-profile life settlement company is involved in a lawsuit against an insurance company over claims it inflated monthly charges on policies.

Stockholders sue Boeing following deadly crashes

By John Breslin | Apr 22, 2019

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A Boeing investor has filed a securities class action against the company following two deadly airplane crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

Kellogg's targeted in 'graham' cracker suit, mirrors others filed in New York

By John Breslin | Apr 19, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Kellogg Co. is the target of a class-action lawsuit that claims the food-manufacturing giant uses deceptive practices when marketing and selling its "graham cracker" products.

Compound drug producer Fusion IV asks federal court to rule California was wrong to block operation

By John Breslin | Apr 19, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A producer of compound drugs has asked a federal court to rule that California was wrong to deny a license for an outsourcing facility in the state.

Critic: Class action settlements that provide cash to charities actually 'for and by the lawyers'

By John Breslin | Mar 25, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - After the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to opine on whether it was fair that no money from an $8.5 million class action settlement actually went to class members, a critic of such agreements noted that lawyers will continue to succumb to the "perverse incentive" to line their own pockets this way.

Johnson & Johnson, not asked to testify on talc, alleges Congressional hearing was biased against it

By John Breslin | Mar 14, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Johnson & Johnson, a company facing enormous liability concerns stemming from thousands of lawsuits that claim there is cancer-causing asbestos in its products, believes a Democrat-led House hearing on the alleged dangers of talc and consumer products was biased against it.

Kim Kardashian tried to 'screw all of us out of everything,' says emoji developer suing her for $100M

By John Breslin | Mar 12, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) – A $100 million lawsuit filed against Kim Kardashian is far from "ridiculous and absurd," according to the businessman who is taking the action against the celebrity.

In the wake of previous failures, Michigan lawyer again sues social media companies over alleged terrorist links

By John Breslin | Mar 12, 2019

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – An attorney gaining a reputation for representing plaintiffs suing social media organizations over claims they aided and abetted terrorists is involved in yet another case against the companies.

SCOTUS to hear oral arguments over power of government agencies to interpret regulations

By John Breslin | Mar 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Oral arguments over how much power government agencies can wield when interpreting their own regulations will be made before the U.S. Supreme Court before the end of the month.

Law firm Morrison Foerster says lawsuit alleging overbilling has 'no merit'

By John Breslin | Mar 8, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – An international law firm sued over allegations of "egregious overbilling" while representing a number of companies in the process of liquidating assets argues the complaint has no merit.

From Florida Record

Website accessibility suits surge in Florida, New York, following favorable plaintiff rulings

By John Breslin | Feb 11, 2019

The number of website accessibility lawsuits filed in federal court has exploded, with the greatest numbers being filed in New York and Florida, according to a new study.

ATG LegalServe partners with File & ServeXpress for 'one-stop' service

By John Breslin | Jan 24, 2019

As the era of legal e-filing came close to replacing the hand delivering of documents, one process-serving business knew it had to find the right partner.

Lawsuit by Jevon Kearse, other former NFL players over alleged tax scheme challenged by defendants

By John Breslin | Jan 18, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – A Chicago law firm is asking a federal court in Florida to dismiss an amended complaint over allegations that it orchestrated a fraudulent tax credit scheme that snared four former NFL players, and the plaintiffs in the case have asked the court to deny the motion.

Allegations that Clinton campaign funded Trump-Russia research still pending at now-closed FEC

By John Breslin | Jan 16, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A complaint that Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee violated campaign finance law by steering money for opposition research through a legal firm is still pending with the Federal Election Commission.

Former Senate majority leader Reid hits out, but remembered for unwavering support of trial lawyers

By John Breslin | Jan 8, 2019

During his time in the U.S. Senate, Harry Reid was a major ally for the nation's plaintiffs lawyers

California reclaims top spot on 'Judicial Hellhole' list; ATRA bemoans state's adoption of 'innovator liability'

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - California tops the list of jurisdictions regarded as "Judicial Hellholes" by a national civil justice reform group.

After narrow win, heads turn towards new Wisconsin AG's approach on ACA, opioids, redistricting and more

By John Breslin | Dec 3, 2018

MADISON, WISC. (Legal Newsline) - Following an $8.5 million race and a slim victory for the seat of the state's chief law enforcer, legal observers are focused on how new Attorney General Josh Kaul will approach some thorny issues and ongoing litigation when he takes up his position in January.

From Madison County Record

Asbestos defendants advised to discern potential BAP1 gene link in claimants

By John Breslin | Nov 27, 2018

Attendees at a recent conference on asbestos litigation were advised to ask claimants about the history of cancer in families, and potentially then ask for a test because of the link between some mesothelioma cases and potential genetic factors.

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